They emerged from testing as the red-hot favourites for 2019 – but if you think the pressure is getting to Ferrari, think again.
The Italian team have had something of an overhaul heading into the new campaign, with tech chief Mattia Binotto replacing Maurizio Arrivabene as Team Principal and last year’s rookie sensation Charles Leclerc coming in to replace Kimi Raikkonen as Sebastian Vettel’s team mate.
“We have to move closer together than we did last year, when working together was sometimes a little more difficult. But the atmosphere in the team is great now.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported earlier today by Autobild – “Like I said, we have to take the opportunity now and seize the luck, so that we don’t finish second again. We want to turn the tables.” – Sebastian added.
“Like the rest of the team, I see this [Mattia as the Team Principal] as an opportunity to achieve our common goal: to win the title. I’ll support Mattia wherever I can. But it’s common knowledge that we’re not fighting against Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.” – Sebastian Vettel continued, as the German driver then talked about his new teammate Charles Leclerc: “Charles will try to use his chance and I will do the same. The danger of being beaten is always present in Formula 1. After all, the best drivers in the world drive here. You have to accept that you can’t always have your best day. I wish and hope that we (Charles) get along well, but I don’t see any reason why that shouldn’t be the case. You have to be mature enough to separate one from the other.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.